All the Patios in Kensington
When we say Kensington, we mean we’re counting all the patios along Kensington Road N.W. between 14th Street and 10th Street N.W., and all the patios on 10th Street N.W. from Memorial Drive up to 3rd Avenue N.W.
Julio Barrio's rooftop patio.
Photograph by Fraser Tripp
Yes, we’re listing all the patios (that we know of) in Kensington. And know that even more patios are scheduled to open later in the season, like the patios at Quickly, Osteria Chef's Table and The Big Cheese Poutinerie.
The patios along 10 Street N.W.
We start by listing the patios on Memorial Drive and finish up with patios closest to 3rd Avenue N.W.
This rooftop patio is really big and really sunny. It seats 90 people and is the place to be if you’re craving a Bulldog or a sangria. Here, you’ll be overlooking Memorial Drive, Poppy Plaza and the Bow River.
1110 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-203-3066, juliosbarrio.com
Right across the road from Julio’s Barrio is Lot 102. This patio is right on Memorial Drive, so you’ll get great views of the Bow River as you enjoy one of the beers on tap. This patio gets busy, but know you can make reservations for the patio here.
102 10 St. N.W., 403-265-0018, lotrestaurants.ca
This small, cozy patio is one of the few patios in Calgary that you can enjoy even when it’s raining outside. You’ll find the patio behind the café — so expect a quiet, somewhat secluded-feeling — and it’s totally covered.
110 10 St. N.W., 403-283-0333, facebook.com
If you can get a spot on this popular, second-storey patio, try to come in the evening. You’ll get great views of the sunset over the skyline. The fairy lights add to the overall ambience too. And, be sure to order the deep fried pickles as a snack.
124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca
You wouldn’t know it walking down 10th Street, but Burger 320 has a big patio behind the building. It seats 60, it has umbrellas for shade and you can enjoy a weekend brunch out here.
126 10 St. N.W., 403-515-0035, burger320.com
This partially shady patio is small — it only seats 10 — but it is a great option for an intimate, alfresco brunch. Opt for one of the signature, organic egg Benedicts.
209 10 St. N.W., 403-283-8988, verobistro.ca
You can’t miss this patio — there’s a mural with a big cat eating a bowl of ramen on the back wall. This street-facing patio has heaters and fairy lights, making it a great outdoor dining option when you’re craving a bowl of ramen later in the evening.
217 10 St. N.W., 403-452-2148, facebook.com
You can make the most of a great food and drink deal almost every day of the week here. There are 35-cent wings on Mondays, $1 oysters of Tuesdays and $2.50 tacos on Thursdays.
302 10 St. N.W., 403-474-2555, midtownkitchen.ca
If you're walking down 10th Street N.W., you'll see that there's one picnic table outside of Flipp'n Burgers. But if that table is already occupied, you still have alfresco burger-eating options. Walk through the alley to the back of the restaurant and there are six more picnic tables. Keep in mind that there's no shade back here.
330 10 St. N.W., 403-474-9365, flippnburgers.ca
Kensington Road N.W.
We start by listing with the patios at 10th Street N.W. and work our way to the patios down by Kensington Road N.W.
You can have some of the best steak in the city (or fondue or seafood) on this terrace patio, well above the Kensington buzz.
107 10A St. N.W., 403-670-6873, modernsteak.ca
The newly revamped restaurant in Kensington Riverside Inn faces Memorial Drive with excellent downtown views. The menu takes advantage of local, seasonal ingredients comfort food with a twist, with dinner entrees that feature beef striploin, Chinook salmon and eggplant piccata.
1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-228-4442, kensingtonriversideinn.com
It's easy to miss this second-storey patio. You have to walk through the whole pub to get there, but when you do, you're treated to a quiet terrace shared with only a few other people.
207 10A St. N.W., 403-270-4505, kensingtonpub.com
This is a trendy spot to spend an afternoon. It’s located in the alley and the bar is a shipping container. It’s sunniest during the middle of the day, but if you prefer a little shade, come between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, containerbaryyc.com
photograph by karin olafson
This pop-up, street-side patio is already up for the summer season. Come for a glass of wine, a cheese and charcuterie board and some people watching.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, winebarkensington.com
You’ll find this partly sunny patio off the main street and outside of the tea shop. But you don’t need to be a patron to sit down on one of the chairs or benches here. It’s a small patio that seats fewer than 15 people.
1126 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3555, thenakedleaf.ca
You have patio options here. There’s the pop-up, street-side patio and another patio in the back of the restaurant. Whichever patio you end up at, be sure to order a whiskey cocktail and a chopped brisket sandwich.
1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3021, haydenblockyyc.com
Take your pho, Vietnamese coffee and salad rolls out to the this sunny, below-street-level patio.
1140 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-258-0288, facebook.com
The patio is on the second level and has a metal pergola-type structure that provides some shade. Order an authentic Neapolitan pizza and finish your meal with a cannoli.
1147 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-283-1166, pulcinella.ca
Prohibition Freehouse (opening soon)
This space was formerly Molly Malone’s, and if you ever visited that pub, you already know there’s a spacious, sunny rooftop patio here. Make plans to visit this patio for a cocktail in mid-June when the new space opens.
1153 Kensington Cres. N.W., prohobar.com
This patio is for the sports fans. While there are 20 big screen televisions inside, this bar also shows football and hockey games on an outdoor screen every so often.
1167 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-270-3880, sidestreetpubandgrill.com
This sunny patio seats 44 and you can enjoy a great deal here every day of the week. Its most popular day is Thursday — that’s half price wine night.
1220 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-670-5637, originaljoes.ca
After you buy your sandwich and side salad, take your lunch out to Peppino’s covered patio. It’s a small outdoor seating area, ideal for a quiet alfresco lunch — there are three tables and the area sits 12.
101, 1240 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-5360, peppinogourmet.ca
Nellie’s On Kensington
This breakfast spot has a small patio that faces Kensington Road. There’s also a parking lot here, so if you don’t live in the neighbourhood, know that it’s easy to drive to get your all-day breakfast.
1414 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-0173